Critically ill patients in Kericho and in the neighboring counties can now be promptly attended to after the County Administration commissioned the Kericho County Referral Hospital Intensive Care and High Dependency Units (ICU/HDU).
The six-bed Unit in Kericho town, will take ICU/HDU services closer to the people as well as reduction of transport costs for those who could have sought the facility outside the county.
Speaking on Friday when he commissioned the Sh 86 million State-of-the Art ICU/HDU Unit at the hospital grounds, Governor, Paul Chepkwony, said the Unit is the second largest in the country after Kenyatta National Hospital (KDH), with a seven bed capacity, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital ICU/HDU Unit in third position with a five-bed capacity.
Chepkwony who was accompanied by Health Department Executive, Hellen Ng’eno and a section of members of the County Assembly, added that patients at the Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit will be attended to by highly trained doctors and nurses who have specialized in caring for critically ill patients.
He assured residents that his government was committed to providing quality health care, adding that they stood to significantly benefit from facility following the hurdles they undergo seeking Intensive Care Medical Services at Eldoret and Nairobi referral hospitals.
Members of the public will now not require to travel to Eldoret or Nairobi for this particular service. Anyone in this region be it Nyamira, Kisii, Kisumu, Narok, Bomet, Nandi, Nakuru or Baringo should feel free to refer a critical patient to our facility, said Chepkwony.
The ICU/HDU Unit is fully fitted with modern ICU equipment such as cardiac monitors, infusion pumps, ventilators, pulse oxymeters and has a central nursing station for the ICU team to respond to any patient vital signs swiftly and efficiently on a 24-hour basis.
Last week, Governor Chepkwony commissioned a Sh 95 million Renal Unit at the hospital. The five-bed unit has a capacity to serve 20 kidney patients per day at the cost of Sh 8,000 per session per patient.
Source: Kenya News Agency